Calvin Coolidge’s Katrina. The left goes begging. Plus, Sinatra greatest hits and much more.
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The reason for this difference is new Israeli smart bomb technology which allows Israel to deliver a 100-pound bomb with the destructive effect of a 1,000-pound bomb and to hit specific targets with extreme accuracy.
The result is that Hamas and its supporters are now desperate to obtain a cease-fire that will enable them to declare another “victory” because of their survival. This time, however, Israel does not wish or need a cease-fire: it does not need to escape from a costly and not really successful ground military operation, it needs to continue until its surge is successful.
As with the U.S. surge in Iraq, those opposed to Israeli operations are claiming it can never succeed and its failure is inevitable, but, as with the US surge, if we wish the hostilities to end on at least a semi-permanent basis, we must support the current Israeli surge. It has never been a problem to end Israeli attacks responding to Hamas violence. But Hamas has never actually stopped its missile attacks and has always used any cease-fire to declare “victory” and to improve its missile capabilities.
We should support this Israeli “surge” and not award Hamas
another false “victory” by its survival. Nor should we treat
Israeli responses to ongoing Hamas provocations and violence
directed solely against Israeli civilians as equivalent to those
provocations and violence.
— Richard Udell
Re: Paul Beston’s The Usual Suspects:
FIND THE EXIT, “24/7”
Every few years we slip and fall
For new phrases. Our language, after all,
Loves idiom and slides with ease
Into what’s new and catchy, “but, please!”.
Must we start every sentence with “I mean”?
It’s time for “24/7” to leave the scene.
Remember saying “how nice a day”
Without the needless “of a” getting in the way?
“Yeah, right?” exists in modern repartee.
What it means is some kind of mystery.
“A thrill down my leg” can’t be thought of as wit.
“At the end of the day” will hang around for a bit.
I suppose “like” and “ex-cetera” are here to stay,
And “ya know” for stumblers won’t go away.
The most amazing people are caught in their sway,
(Even news anchors have been known to stray).
Listing this year’s preferences can be fun.
“With all due respect,” “betcha” you’ve got more than one!
— Mimi Evans Winship
Re: Peter Ferrara’s What Conservatives Must Now Do:
Very, very good article!
I am sending an e-mail that I sent to every important Republican that I could find the e-mail address for. I did it after the 2006 disaster.
An open letter to the R.N.C.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?